Paperback | October 9, 1986

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‘This trim overview gives young readers an excellent grounding on volcanoes in an efficient few words. There [is] a succinct and easily readable explanation of how volcanoes are caused by magma pushing up between (or through) moving plates in the Earth's crust. Then comes a pair of snappy maps, with bright little bursts of color denoting the Pacific Ring of Fire and other volcano locations throughout the world.' 'K.

1985 Best of the Season (Science Books and Films)

Franklyn M. Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Dr. Branley was the author of over 150 science books for children.
Title:VolcanoesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 6.88 × 8.88 × 0.07 inPublished:October 9, 1986Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064450597

ISBN - 13:9780064450591

Appropriate for ages: 4 - 8


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of Original 1985 Marc Simont Illustrated Edition This set of science books has always been one of my favourites when I was homeschooling, and Branley's books were among the best.  He was the originator of the series in the first place back in the sixties.  This book is not too in-depth; it mostly looks at famous historical volcanoes, going into brief detail about plate tectonics, earthquakes, the Ring of Fire and volcano formation.  Marc Simont (most well-known for his illustration of the Nate the Great series)) has drawn adorable illustrations which I think are lovely.  This is a nice gentle introduction to volcanoes for the little ones.  The book has been updated in 2008 with the same text but more realistic illustrations by Megan Lloyd.  I've glanced some samples of it online and it looks nice, but I'm partial to Simont's work myself.  I have the original first edition hardcover of this and will be keeping it in my collection.
Date published: 2013-12-13

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Branley gives young readers an explanation of how volcanoes are caused by magma pushing up between--or through--moving plates in the Earth's crust. A pair of colorful maps denote the Pacific Rim of Fire and other volcano locations throughout the world.